How to Fix Error 0x80070057 Windows Update [2023 Guide]

If you encounter error code 0x80070057 when trying to update your Windows, keep calm and follow the four useful methods introduced on this page to fix it.


By Hedy / Updated on May 12, 2023

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Error! Windows update 0x80070057

It's pretty common to meet various problems when using computers. For instance, when you want to access to some files, you may be stopped by error code 0x80070780; when you try to install Windows 11 operating system, error code 0x80070070 shows up. So, it's not strange to see error 0x80070057 occur repeatedly when performing Windows update.

But what does error 0x80070057 Windows update mean? As a matter of fact, it refers to multiple storage problems appear on any version of Windows system. Error 0x80070057 usually occurs in the following situations:

When you are trying to back up your files, there is corruption in it or there is not enough space on the destination drive.
When you are installing a new application or Windows system, the system reserved partition is corrupted or lost.
When other unknown problems installing updates appear, the system will try again later.

How to fix Windows update error 0x80070057?

Although 0x80070057 Windows 10 occurs frequently in computers, the exact causes are always hard to figure out. After careful analysis and accumulation, the most two workable solutions are introduced below, which are commonly used to fix the error code 0x80070057 without further description.

Method 1. Free up disk space

When you upgrade to Windows 10 from Windows 8, 7, or other versions, the old version system files will be stored in a folder called Windows.old, which occupies lots of gigabytes of storage space, resulting in a crowded environment to update Windows. Hence, performing disk cleanup can deep clean the hidden running system files so that you could fix the error 0x80070057 Windows update.

Step 1. Type "disk cleanup" in the search box and hit "Enter".

Step 2. Select the disk you want to clean and click "OK" to get into the "Disk Cleanup" window.

Step 3. Tick the files you want to delete and hit "OK". And then, you are able to click "Clean up system files" to remove older Windows system files.


Apart from cleaning up the disk to get free space, you can also move folders to a different drive from the partition you plan to install the new Windows system, which is more effective.

Method 2. Run CHKDSK

The other way is to run CHKDSK which is a Windows built-in feature to check the health of your hard drive because any bad sectors or corrupted files are easy to cause Windows update error 0x80070057.

Step 1. Press "Win + R" to open the Run box and input "cmd" to open Command Prompt.

Step 2. Type "CHKDSK [drive letter]: /f /r /x", and hit "Enter" to execute the command.


This command will automatically check and fix the errors, when it finishes, try running Windows update again to see whether the error 0x80070057 Windows update is fixed.

Specific Error Code 0x80070057: "We couldn't format the partition"

Sometimes, you will be reminded of the Windows update 0x80070057 error code followed by a specific description like "We couldn't format the partition". In such cases, it's a good choice for you to try the following two methods to solve it.

Method 1. Recover partition

As we know, the partition used to store Windows system needs to be formatted at first. When error code 0x80070057 "We couldn't format the partition" appears, the most possible reason is system reserved partition is corrupted or lost, so you can try recovering it in the first place.

To avoid further damage to the partition, it's wise to adopt a powerful and practical utility like AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional to help you. It's designed for those who are using Windows 11/10/8/7/XP or Vista with easy-to-follow steps so that you can finish the operations quickly.

Now, you can download the demo version to see how fix the error 0x80070057 Windows 10via partition recovery:

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Step 1. Install and open AOMEI Partition Assistant, and click "Partition Recovery" on the top panel. Then select a disk that you want to recover and click "Next".


Step 2. Select a search method as you like, it's recommended to choose "Fast Search" for the first time. If it doesn't work, you can turn to "Full Search". Then, click "Next".


Step 3. Select the lost partition and click "Proceed".


Step 4.  Read the congratulations message and click "Finish".


Method 2. Format partition

If you still fail to format the partition during the updating process, this is because the system reserved partition is an area reserved for the BitLocker encryption and for the restoration of Windows, so you will not be allowed to format it. Luckily, AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional is a powerful partition manager that enables you to format or delete system partitions. Here are the detailed steps.

Step 1. Launch AOMEI Partition Assistant on a running Windows PC. Connect a USB drive with the PC as well. In the main console, click "Make Bootable Media". Follow the wizard to complete. Disconnect the USB drive.


Step 2. Insert the bootable USB drive to your computer. Power on and press Del or F2 to enter BIOS. Change boot order to the USB drive and press F10 to save the changes and exit.


Step 3. When logging in, you will see AOMEI Partition Assistant, right-click the system partition you want to format (Let's take F partition for an example), and then select "Format Partition".


Step 4. In the pop-up window, you could reset the partition label, file system, and the cluster size (We usually recommend you use the default size if you don't know which one is better). Click "OK" to continue.


Step 5. Click "Apply" > “Proceed” to execute the operation.


Then, you can continue to update your Windows.


It's always irritating to meet error 0x80070057 Windows update, but you don't need to worry about it because there are many ways you can have a try. The easiest and most workable ways are presented in this passage, hope they can help you get rid of the error successfully.

As we can see, various risks are hidden in the process of Windows update, if you are not confident in dealing with these errors perfectly or feel complicated to solve the problems over and over again, it's a good way to create Windows bootable USB to bypass the Windows update error 0x80070057.

Hedy · Staff Editor
Hedy is an editor of AOMEI Technology. She is very good at solving problems of partition management, and she wants to share all the problems she had already solved to users who met the same questions.